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Oriental Bank Co.

40 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  not documented (but between 1845 and 1887)Architect:  not documentedLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) Squeezed between the Eagle Insurance and British Linen Bank buildings, at the entrance to Adam’s Court, stands an arcaded building with a… Read More »Oriental Bank Co.

Eagle Insurance

41-42 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1902,  extended in 1957Architect:  John McVicar Anderson  (extension by Waterhouse & Ripley)Location:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) This refined, yet very approachable building benefits from its position next to the front court at No. 40 (Adams… Read More »Eagle Insurance

Africa Banking Corporation

43-47 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1890Architect:  T. H. SmithLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) In 1890, a consortium of major British banks (Lloyds, National Provincial, Westminster) together with the Standard Bank of South Africa established a new bank with headquarters in… Read More »Africa Banking Corporation

City Bank

currently the Threadneedles Hotel 5-6 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1855-56Architect:  William and Andrew MoseleyLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) This building is an excellent example of a medium-sized but ‘high-spec’ palazzo of the type favoured by early joint-stock banks in the… Read More »City Bank

Westminster Bank

51-53 Threadneedle Street and 9 Old Broad Street, EC2Built:  1922-1931Architect:  Arthur Joseph DavisLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1971) Unlike some other large City ‘ground scrapers’ of the first half of the 20th C., this building does not benefit from the… Read More »Westminster Bank

Threadneedle Street

Threadneedle Street is among the most iconic City of London streets and therefore rich with historical associations.  Rather surprisingly, until the early modern era, both Threadneedle Street and what is now called Old Broad Street, which intersects with Threadneedle, were… Read More »Threadneedle Street

Custom House

20 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built: 1812-17; central bay rebuilt 1825-28Architect:  David Laing; rebuilt section Sir Robert SmirkeLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1972) The current Custom House was built in the 1810s to Laing’s design, following a fire that destroyed… Read More »Custom House

Billingsgate Market

16 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built:  1874-78Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II (1980) The former home of Billingsgate Market presents two noble, elongated frontages along Lower Thames Street and, of course, the River Thames itself.  The external aspects,… Read More »Billingsgate Market

Vintners Hall

68 Upper Thames Street, EC4Built:  1908-10 (atop the original 1671-75 fabric and 1821 modifications)Architect:  Alexander Henry Kersey  (17th century portion possibly Edward Jerman)Location:  Upper Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1950) Ownership of this site by the Vintners probably goes back to… Read More »Vintners Hall

Watermen’s Hall

16 St Mary-at-Hill, EC3Built:  1778-80Architect:  William BlackburnLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1950) The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514 under an Act of Parliament.   It remains the only ancient City guild… Read More »Watermen’s Hall